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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Wilma Williamson's Freshman Year

Pinenut Plaza Dorms is still the only place on campus currently inhabited by students from New Maximiliania - with the town's population getting lower each round, there simply aren't many young people eligible for going to college at the same time.
Wilma Williamson has just arrived for her Freshman Year. Her outfit is pretty, but her hairdo - a bridal veil?! Not quite what I'd advise as the proper thing to wear at college!
Since she seems to be into pink and flowers, pink and flowers is what she gets for her new hairdo.
The students who already live here are Nellie Nelson and her twin brother Nelson (not pictured), both Seniors; Perseida Powers, a Junior...
...and Sophomores Stephen and Meike Riley.
At the start of the semester, the campus coach is paying a visit. Stephen, always polite and kind, complies with the coach's wishes.
The coach is happy to find a new target, and Wilma works out until she maxes out her body skill.
While two of the students are busily tapping away at the keyboards, writing their term paper, a streaker appears. But as usual, nobody takes notice.
Outside, Nelson has been raking the leaves, and burning them. Not only them, I'm afraid!
Some piles of leaves are left... and so is a small pile of Nelson's ashes.
The students are shocked - but having been born and raised in New Maximiliania, they are only too familiar with this cause of death as one of the most common ones in their world.
With only 5 playable students, three of the slots at this dorm are filled with NPC students. I do not stop my playables from interacting with them, but I do not encourage them, either. Here, Wilma apparently seeks this NPC student's help with learning the Hula, a dance no student can go through college without.
One fine morning early on in the semester, she wakes up with the wish to declare her Major in Physics, and that is exactly what she does.
Oh! I didn't see that coming - Stephen Riley autonomously leaps into Wilma's arms, and the two of them are on full red-hearts love mode from that moment on!
Wilma has discovered the exercise bike upstairs and works out for so long...
...she does not even manage to get to her own room on the ground floor, but faints with exhaustion on the floor of one of the nearest bedrooms.
Nellie, now without her twin brother, is the first one to finish the semester.
The very next morning, the other four follow suit.
This semester, Stephen is first to finish his term paper.
It's skilling and term-paper-writing time until everyone has met the requirements to complete the semester. After that, as you know, I leave the students pretty much to their own devices.
As you can see, winter has set in.
Meike makes omelettes for everyone very early one morning - too early for the dorm cook to start work, but not too early for her to be hungry.
Meanwhile, Stephen decides to give the boys' shower room a good scrub.
Meike rarely leaves her room without making the bed first.
Like Wilma before her, Perseida has been working out on the exercise bike for so long she falls asleep on the spot - for her, that means standing in front of one of the toilet stalls. She nearly misses class that day!
Nellie returns from class, delighted to find it has snowed enough for her to build a snowman.
She is very cold by the time the snowman is finished, but there is a fireplace in the upstairs common room, and she puts it to good use.
Four out of the five playables roll the wish to go ice skating, so I have Wilma call a taxi that takes them to The Hill Community Centre, a Maxis-made community lot I play very rarely.
Skating is new to the girls, and Wilma is not the only one to land on her rear today!
Still, they all have fun and soon get the hang of it.
To warm up, they retreat to the log cabin, where mugs of hot chocolate and a cozy fireplace await them.
Back at the dorm, Stephen congratulates Wilma to how her first year at college has been going so far.
Nellie has just graduated Summa Cum Laude . "I wish Nelson was here with me now," she muses.
She will never see Nelson again, but her mother Ginger, aunt Gabriella, older brother Nigel and uncle Gavin all come to her graduation party.
[Aunt Georgia is here, too. She and the others quickly line up for a round of Hula dancing :-)
Ginger has been grieving the loss of her younger son, but she is happy to see her daughter so grown-up, and is very proud of her.
Stephen, Wilma, Perseida and Meike have finished the semester, too.

Wilma's first year went well, apart from the shock at Nelson's death. She has made friends and found a boyfriend. Nellie has graduated, and we'll see where she has moved and how she's getting on during the next round.
There has been no fight between Llama and Cow this year - and surprisingly few visits from these two mascots and the cheerleaders anyway.

Who will join the four students left here? Nobody this round, that's for sure, but next round I think several teenagers will be old enough to move to college.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The Williamson Family: Week 7

Here is a house I really like, because it is both playable and cozy. Originally, Maxis had it assigned to Cleo Shikibu and Patricia Wan, but in New Maximiliania, it has now been the home of the Williamson family for quite some time.
William Williamson and his wife Klara, nee Vonderstein, live here, happy as ever, both on Permanent Platinum, and both 67. They met at university.
William's half-Alien daughter Wilma is still here, too, but she'll leave for college later this week. Her goal in life is to become Mad Scientist, and college will be useful.
On Monday morning of their new week, I notice the Wlliams' are still as neat and tidy as before. Although I do not control the adults (except for greeting neighbours), they manage keeping the place clean on their own accord rather well.
Oh, I forgot - Panda is still here, too, Wilma's wombrat!
Gesine Gavigan sneaks up to the house on this beautiful late summer's afternoon to steal the paper. Apparently she has not given up on her unpleasant ways since graduating from uni. (Do you remember how, when she still lived at the dorm, she always had it out for one of the other girls?)
Before and after school, Wilma always plays with Panda.
Her Dad returns from work with colleague David Ottomas in tow. They seem to have stopped at the groceries store on their way home.
It is very early on Tuesday morning when I send Klara out to hunt for bugs. Who knows, she could still become my first Sim ever to complete their collection of bugs etc.
Summer has quietly slipped into autumn, and William deals with the leaves on the patio.
Wilma loves the Halloween decoration her parents have set up in front of the house.
On Wednesday morning, William makes the bed...
...while Klara cleans the bathroom.
She even cleans Panda's cage afterwards - all without me telling her to.
Orlando Ottomas gets off the school bus with Wilma...
...and Klara is accompanied by Paola Picaso. Again, the car pool must have stopped at the groceries store so that Klara could get some fresh groceries in.
And it is good she did, as a bunch of friends arrive at the house. Both Klara and William have been wanting a party since Monday, and so I concede.
William serves savoury appetizers and cheese cake.
On his own initiative, Orlando Ottomas starts to flirt with Wilma. She does not reject the flirting, but there are no hearts flying, either. Strange how the two of them seem to be unaware (or simply don't mind) of Tank Capp and Rose Greenman watching them closely!
On Thursday morning, Wilma wakes up before 6:00, as she strangely enough has been doing nearly every day so far, and goes to play with Panda on her own accord.
She'll be off to college today, and I put the cage and its inhabitant into her inventory - she loves her pet so much, it is unlikely she would leave it behind when moving to the dorm.
One last slide down the banister, and she's off!
Now Klara and William are on their own. They have always been a very affectionate couple, and Friday is off to a nice start when William serenades Klara.
She returns the favour minutes later :-)
They even go outdoors to cuddle under the stars, all on their own initiative.
Later that day, they both go to work, just as the repairman's car turns up. Nearly all week, they were working alternate days.
In the afternoon, Klara greets Christopher Capp...
...and William returns from work, once more with David Ottomas for company.
Saturday morning sees a similar scene as the day before.
Later, Klara cleans Wilma's bathroom. It has been used by some of their party guests.
It is winter now - and Sunday, the last day of this week for the Williamsons.
A card has arrived from the dorm; Wilma is doing well. (We'll see her soon.)
Klara and William are now 74.

Will they still be around when Wilma graduates from college? I hope so - because I'd like for Wilma to inherit the house.